These 5 Simple Habits Will Help You Live A Longer & Healthier Life

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healthy in today’s modern and busy life can sometimes be quite challenging.
Nevertheless, we hold the key to our health, which eventually leads to a longer
life. Bad habits such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol, not exercising and
not eating enough fruits and vegetables have been found to be the causes of
many early deaths. However, you can take control of your health by starting
with these 5 simple habits to prolong your life.

healthy diet

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It is
essential to eat a healthy diet. Nowadays, many foods are filled with health
and that’s why we must choose wisely. Start
from fruits and vegetables: fill your plate with these colorful and delicious
vitamins. Choose food which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon,
trout or mackerel, at least twice a week. Whole grain foods are always a
healthier choice than refined grains. You can vary your intake of whole grain
foods by eating barley, bulgur, kasha, quinoa, whole oats, and brown rice. Don’t
forget your proteins! Proteins are to be found in beans, nuts, and grains and
they help you get the full complement of amino acids.


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for your brain are also very important in maintaining overall health. Mental
workouts reduce the risks of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Keeping the brain
busy helps with its cognitive functioning on a long-term basis. Train your
brain with activities that focus the mind. You can try with learning new things
or expanding your professional knowledge, doing puzzles or any other
problem-solving activities.

3. Physical exercise

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goes without saying that physical exercise has many positive effects on our
bodies, one of them being the prevention of heart disease. There is a wide
array of physical activities we can do. You can go for the classic ones such as
jogging or even walking. These two are crucial for getting your blood pumping
and your heart working. Also, they add some years to your life! Some studies
have found that pumping iron helps you live a longer life. Basically, even
light activities such as walking around the house and doing chores can lengthen
your life. Moreover, there is one more, less familiar way of living a long and
healthy life: playing golf. Golf is beneficial not only for your body but for
the mind as well. It prevents widely spread heart disease and stroke. So, who
knew that
occasional golf swing
can keep you sane and

4. Socializing

are sociable creatures. Socializing with other people is one of the best stress
relievers. Some studies have found that people who make meaningful connections
to others have a happier and thus longer life. It also speeds up recovery from disease.
Better immune function
stems from achieving social connections. Younger generations will love this:
even connecting on social media can bring you a longer life! Interactions on
social networks, as long as they are supportive and meaningful, release
oxytocin, also known as the “feel good hormone.”

5. Healthy indulgences

you live a healthy lifestyle, it doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in some less
healthy habits once in a while. Some of the generally considered unhealthy
habits have actually a few benefits. For example, coffee. Some studies have
found that coffee intake actually reduces the risk of type-2 diabetes, dementia, and heart disease. Good prevention against cardiovascular disease is red wine.
It also helps prevent heart disease, decrease inflammation and reduce the risk
of dementia. All in all, it’s good for our overall health. Another important
indulgence: dark chocolate. Consuming dark chocolate has anti-aging properties.
It can also protect us from fatal heart attacks and lowers the risk of cancer.
you still haven’t started working on prolonging your life, it’s high time you
do so. The quintessential thing is to have the will. If you have the will to
change your lifestyle, you have the power as well. Organize your diet, vitamin
and protein intake, do exercise, play golf, enjoy nature, socialize with other
people and make meaningful connections, train your brain and allow yourself a
few indulgences. Start with small steps. It’s also good to have in mind the
habit of people with the longest lifespan in the world. They are of course
Japanese people who stop eating when they are 80% full.

Leila Dorari is an entrepreneur and freelance writer from Sydney. She’s passionate about self-growth and living better lives by nurturing our relationships. In her spare time, you can find her window shopping or hike with her furry four-legged friend.

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